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Hung, Wae-lo -
Subject: Phil never stopped singing
"The first time Phil sang since circa 1976." Wrong! Although Phil may not have had a dedicated vocal mic on stage, he clearly sang throughout the 70s and 80s, and can be seen singing on Donna's mic during Truckin' at Duke, 4/12/78. Other visual evidence is on the Closing of Winterland, especially the famous photos of "Bid you Goodnight", when Phil took the mic (Donna's?) off of its stand to sing the encore.
Shut Up 'N' Play Yer Guitar -
Subject: Hot Cumberland
This is a great show. Cumberland Blues might be the best version I have heard. Jerry just won't stop :)
Sweet show. Excellent soundboard.
people really buzzed about the previous nights st stephen, but this show is definitely up there with the tops of 83.
fall 83 was such a strong tour and the drummers really kick it gear with a more punchy signiture bass drum sound.
phil just started playing the six string bass less than a year previously and was dropping so many bombs that could help the songs peak out ever further.
if you havn't, listen to
Subject: the phil singing story
for clarity's sake the thing about phil singing, he did indeed sing at the end of cold rain and snow, but it was not his 'debut' as he had joined bobby on bobby's mike at the end of stephen the night beore, it was FRIGGIN' AWESOME! i don't know about what that other guy said about the earlier cras on which phil may have sang it could be true but at the garden, he stepped up to bobby's and belted CAN YOU ANSWER YES I CAN BUT WHAT WOULD BE THE ANSWER TO THE ANSER MAN and then the next night at the end of cras he felt moved, i suppose, again, so he stepped up to bobby's, again, and let it rip ...... now let's all remember, god blesss phil but his singing sucks now and it sucked then ::)) none the less seeing him those two nights in my home town, new york city, stepping up to the mike like that, and then, just the other night, in my home town now, here, in berkeley, phil, again, the same phil, even did st stephen for us, wow ......... long and wonderful and indeed ,,,,,,, sometimes very very strange ..... by the way in the fall of '85 phil had his first full blown 'debut,' with his own mike, lead vocals, tom thumb blues at the nassau coliseum, that was his first number, by eighty six of course he was doing box, and tunes with brent. nuff bout phi's singing, to be sure .......
these garden shows, both of them stephen and all, and the night or two later in hartford with stephen nuumber two, are supreme grateful dead. period. wowie the very best of the very best
Subject: very nice
I know the st stephen show gets all the pub but this is top notch 83. Love the set lists and the playing is fantastic
Subject: burn it
best first set ever... standard song selection good recording...but this set may be worth giving up your old age hearing for...
plug in your headphones turn it ALL the way up
and wait till jerrys vocal definition in cold rain and snow lights your soul on fire.character and strength are the best way to define this 1st set. it'll blow most second sets away in bobby,jerry combo and jerry vocal catagories.a deadly jam in the cassidy climax .watch for the rythym and lead work in this jam it is the reason we all listen to this stuff..second set is o.k....dont know what happend during intermission. but energy didnt cary over the from 1st set. also have my doubts that 1st and 2nd sets come from the same recording source.
Subject: Cold Rain and Phil
Phil sang on the CRS at Santa Fe 9/10/83 as well. I think that might have actually been his 80s vocal debut. But this is a great one too!!!
CT Deadhead -
Subject: Phil's Back
I was at this show and had great seats. This was the best of the series. 10/11 offered the St. Stephen which they brought back for this particular tour, but otherwise was a disappointing show. What everyone is missing here, is during the chorus of Cold Rain & Snow at the end, Phil stepped up to Bobby's microphone and joined in the chorus. The first time Phil sang since circa 1976. It set the tone for the rest of the night. Check this one out.
Subject: Crippled But Free
The Help on the Way~Slipknot!~Franklin's Tower is typical of 1983...Extremely Hot! This one's a keeper. Some don't like the mid-eighties junky Jerry shows, but I think '83 has a lot to offer.
Check it out...and 10/11 too of course. Good job pointing out this one, stratocaster. Good sound here as well.
Subject: cumberland blues
the cumberland blues track begins as an audience copy then quickly switches to soundboard...cumberland blues is worth a listen, a smoking version...the audience copy of this show is decent, but the soundboard is mixed well and sounds great...(the rest of the show is interesting, but the better shows are 10-11 and 10-15)...